Stories for June 2006

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Friday, June 30

Spring Creek Scramble

Returning runners repeat wins on challenging course

Ken Brenner fondly recalls the days he and his sister Patty Brenner Hagberg used to jog up the trail along Spring Creek to Buffalo Pass.

Steamboat residents compete for footbag title

Guettich, Shunny head to Germany for World Championships

Hands off. It might as well be the sporting motto in Germany during July.

Rainbow Gathering update

U.S. Forest Service Update for June 1, 2006

About 6,000 people are at the illegal Rainbow Family gathering site and incoming traffic has increased.

District 3 team picked for state

Little League coach Stace Toye set out the clean, bright red district tournament jerseys.

Try the triathlon

Local racer urges folks to start training

Bill Goldsmith may not have been pleased with his finish last Sunday at the 2006 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, but at least the Steamboat Springs triathlete was content getting his "base miles" at the grueling Idaho race. This means Goldsmith's body can handle being subjected to Ironman races that include a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. This also means he'll be ready for the significantly tamer second annual Steamboat Triathlon on Aug. 27.

City puts utility lines underground

City officials are working to improve the appearance of the alley between Yampa and Lincoln avenues.

Vets worry about Parvovirus

Humane Society vaccinates dogs at Rainbow Gathering

Officials with the Routt County Humane Society spent Friday vaccinating dogs for the Parvovirus at the Rainbow Gathering in hopes of halting an outbreak.

Business is down

Visitors concerned about Rainbow gathering activities

Steamboat Lake State Park manager Ken Brink stared despondently across the lake on the eve of one of the park's busiest weekends. There were no vehicles Friday afternoon on the Placer Cove boat ramp, where he is used to seeing 12 to 15 vehicles backing in boat trailers.

Far from the yellow brick road

Partners children forge relationships by building scarecrows

Jailei and Missy are singers, fraternal twin sisters and scarecrows.

Staples plans store

Office supply chain interested in Steamboat

Staples, with more than 1,500 office supply stores and $16.1 billion in annual sales, is preparing to enter the Steamboat Springs market.

Fraternity visits Horizons

Pi Kappa Phi members on bike ride to raise funds, awareness

Tony Macias knows all about the beer guzzling, party fanatic "frat boy" stereotype.

Craig man pleads guilty in meth case

Defendant accused of using gun to rob Steamboat resident of drugs

A Craig man accused of using a gun to rob a Steamboat Springs man of 10 grams of methamphetamine pleaded guilty to felony robbery and menacing during a court hearing Friday.

Bonnie Lurenda Laws Postoskie (1944-2006)

Steamboat Springs resident Bonnie Lurenda Laws Postoskie died June 21, 2006. She was 61.

Arnold L. Miller (1950-2006)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Arnold L. Miller died at his home on June 20, 2006. He was 56.

Richard "Dick" Kennedy (1940-2006)

Former Routt County resident Richard "Dick" Kennedy died June 20, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 66.

Thursday, June 29

Attorney files complaint, seeks to halt court actions

Denver civil rights attorney David Lane re-filed a complaint Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Denver that seeks to stop the makeshift federal court proceedings set up for the Rainbow gathering.

Rainbow group prepares

Members build kitchens, anticipate arrival of thousands

The "Spongebob" oven at the "Lovin' Oven" Kitchen, hidden deep in the woods of the Rainbow Family area in the Routt National Forest, billows smoke around the clock.

Ceremony to dedicate new ski jump

John Adams, chairman of the Colorado Ski Heritage Project Committee, has opened meetings for years with the simple question, "What have we got, and what do we need?"

Holiday bus service expands

Officials hope to reduce traffic during Fourth of July weekend

Residents and visitors who plan to attend the city's fireworks show or other Fourth of July holiday events can take advantage of expanded free bus service.

Fourth of July weekend festivities

An Old Town Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Routt County Courthouse.

Tour de U.S.A

Ditty Bops put the pedal to the metal

While training for a three-month bicycle tour across the country, The Ditty Bops vocalist and guitarist Abby Dewald was hit by a car.

Davis: Meant to be

Country singer Linda Davis was at home watching the 1994 Grammy Awards when it was announced that she and Reba McEntire won Best Country Vocal Collaboration.

Art opportunities for June 30

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2007. To commemorate what is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Anniversary, SSAC is seeking artwork to be considered for a poster that will be the artistic design and branding for the anniversary. The artwork should relate to "emerald" in some way, as in the color emerald or the mountain that looms above the Depot Art Center. Entries are due Sep. 1, 2006. Download the entry guidelines at www.steamboatspringsarts.com, or e-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com. Contest guidelines are available at the Depot, 1001 13th St.

Lessons from the South Side

The Chicago Blues Reunion passes on a Midwestern musical legacy

Chicago in the 1960s was a place where race-related problems were prevalent and a clear boundary existed between the city's North and South sides.

Putting art before the horse

Studio Gallery 27 explores the New West with upcoming show

As our society changes, art should adapt in a way that honors the past while incorporating the present and the future. It's a simple concept with a complicated creative response.

On Scene for June 30

It was shameless, but I guarded my bid on a silent auction item at the Decedent Desserts fundraiser on Sunday. That mountain bike was destined to be mine. I would need it to lose the eight pounds I gained from eating 26 different decedent desserts.

Allison's picks for June 30

Friday ¤ Chicago Blues Review When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Howelsen Hill Cost: Free Why you should go: Because it's the first free concert of the summer! Everyone will be there, including you.

Hayden girls meet in finals

Auto Body team wins town slow-pitch softball tournament

A mix of young softball players and slowpitch veterans helped Hayden Auto Body win this year's Craig Parks and Recreation tournament in Craig.

Allison Plean: Maiden voyage

Bad pirate jokes and cheesy comments about "booty" are perfectly acceptable when flying a pirate flag on the back of your flotation device on the Yampa River.

Fishy business: Kids learn the trade

Catching the trout of the century takes more than a line and a lure.

Tube soon: Yampa River levels dropping daily

It's tubing season in Steamboat Springs, but if the warm and dry weather persists, it could be over soon.

Free concerts begin tonight

Since Deb Lenhart and Jeff Miller formed the band In Flight, they have wanted to play on stage in the Steamboat Springs Free Concert Series.

A rock 'n' roll rodeo

Organizer wants to keep fans on the edge of their seats

For the past 26 years, stock contractor Mack Altizer has been rocking professional rodeo with a powerful blend of foot-pounding music and fast-paced rodeo action.

Steamboat No. 1 for July 4

Ski Town USA is Colorado's top tourist destination this weekend

Steamboat Springs is the top destination for Coloradans this weekend, according to AAA Colorado.

A ranching celebration

Cowboys' Roundup Days showcases rural Western heritage

Dean Vogelaar wants to turn back the clock. He wants to see cattle drives down Lincoln Avenue, attend pioneer picnics and compete in ranch rodeos.

Art on the Mountain begins

After seeing Audrey Bortz's photographs at Art on the Mountain, a couple changed the theme they had decided on for decorating their house. They bought three of Bortz's photographs to start the process.

Abandoning the paper trail

Steamboat court leaders to begin using new electronic system

Local attorneys will begin e-filing paperwork in selected cases July 1 as part of a new 14th Judicial District order designed to modernize the court's filing system.

Community rolls along on railroad

Three years after Xcel Energy officials started trying to find ways to transport coal from the railroad to the Hayden Station power plant, there still seems to be no ideal solution.

City acquires riverfront land

Parcel will include trails, fishing areas, conservation plots

The city of Steamboat Springs has acquired land that officials said is ideal for public fishing, wildlife watching and environmental education.

Wednesday, June 28

Rainbow Gathering update

The following is the U.S. Forest Service's update for noon, June 29, 2006

The Rainbow gathering continues to be an illegal activity because no Special Use Permit has been issued.

Scott Stanford: Checking my bias at the door

I'm a big Kelly Stanford fan -- have been from the moment I met her on Thanksgiving Day in 1990.

Lawsuit to keep Rainbow court open gets re-filed

Denver civil rights attorney David Lane re-filed a complaint Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that seeks to stop the makeshift federal court proceedings set up for the Rainbow Gathering.

Hotel to be demolished

Council vote means Howelsen Place has cleared planning process

The Harbor Hotel will be torn down and replaced with a commercial and residential project, the Steamboat Springs City Council has ruled.

Steamboat ruggers rout Breckenridge

It took three games, but the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club appears to have found its form.

Fourth of July special

Adult slow-pitch softball tournament in its 22nd year

The relationship between Steamboat Springs and Triple Crown Sports began 22 years ago with the annual Fourth of July slow-pitch softball tournament.

Lawmakers back at work

Gov. Owens calls for special session on immigration

Colorado lawmakers have been called back to work.

Gray areas in Rainbow clash

Forest Service says officers were hurt in Monday confrontation

The U.S. Forest Service estimates almost 5,000 people are in the Routt National Forest for the annual Rainbow gathering, which starts Saturday.

City's fireworks display still a go

Fireworks fans, have no fear -- yet. The city of Steamboat Springs' annual fireworks display is still a go.

Briefs for June 29

Fourth of July parade entry forms are available for any person or group interested in entering a float in this year's parade. The theme of the parade is "Honoring our Hometown Heritage." For an entry form, stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitors Center or visit www.steamboatchamber.com. There is a $50 entry fee for all for-profit businesses and political candidates. All other entries are free. Call Evan at 879-0882, ext. 208, for more information.

The Record for June 29

12:48 a.m. Someone reported a suspicious van in the 2900 block of Clearwater Trail. Officers checked on the van, and everything was fine.

Riding in the fast lane

Steamboat company urges employees to bike to work

Angie Mangiardi doesn't own a bike. She easily could have used that as an excuse not to ride one to work Wednesday, but she didn't.

Tuesday, June 27

Our View: This too shall pass

The Rainbow gathering is still a few days away, but already the event has dominated headlines for weeks.

Kathleen J. Allen: Coulter embarrassing

Regarding Ann Coulter's column "Liberals pray for burning of 'Godless.'" What a violent, illogical, hysteria-ridden toxic spew.

Romans found guilty of vehicular assault

A jury found a Craig man guilty of vehicular assault Friday evening at the conclusion of a two-day trial.

City stands by site

Council reaffirms Stock Bridge choice

Building the new community center at the Stock Bridge site is a sure thing -- again.

Xcel seeking input on rail for coal

Most people seem to agree that trucking coal to the Hayden Station is not ideal. Trucking coal to the power plant wears out Routt County roads, can create traffic hazards and has the potential to become more expensive as fuel prices rise and coal supplies move farther away, Xcel Energy officials say.

Open fire ban announced

If you want to cook hot dogs over a campfire this holiday weekend, you'll need a designated campsite with a provided and approved fire grate.

Popular Spring Creek trail hosts race Saturday

A busy holiday weekend combined with a favorite local trail has convinced Steamboat Springs Running Series director John Chapman he has the recipe for race success.

The Record for June 28

1:39 a.m. Someone reported fireworks near Whistler Road and Creekbank Court. Officers found the residents who were shooting the fireworks and ticketed them.

Schwall calls it quits

Two-time Olympic ski jumper weighs options, picks college

It's hard to tell what the next four years will bring for Steamboat Springs' Tommy Schwall, but they certainly won't lead to Vancouver in 2010.

Briefs for June 28

Steve Ivers, a husband, father and Craig youth sports coach, recently was diagnosed with cancer. His friends have set up a donation account to help offset the costs of treatment. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at Moffat County National Bank, 435 Mack Lane, Craig, CO 81625.

Douglas Jones: Get it right

On the front page of the Sunday Pilot & Today on June 11, 2006, in the article "Ranch Denies Abuse," the headline states, "Chilean immigrants allege mistreatment."

Broadbent, Teters families: Answered prayers

This letter is to express the heart-felt wonder and gratitude of the Chuck Broadbent and Mike Teters families to the wonderful people of South Routt.

Bryce S. Geigle: Not what you think

I am a Rainbow Family member not yet in Colorado. I have been attending Rainbow Gatherings since 1975, after I got out of the Army. I just wanted to comment on the folks that are supposedly paying for groceries with electronic cards.

Monday, June 26

Swiggart nets tennis title

Rising Steamboat Springs tennis star Jamey Swiggart won the Colorado State Junior Tennis Open last weekend at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Teen triathlete at top

When Paul Rose raced in last year's Steamboat Springs Triathlon, he was a rookie with zero expectations. "I think it was more of just giving it a shot," Rose said. "I was on the swim team, so that helped. I do dry-land (training) for cross-country (skiing), so that helped. I actually got a road bike last year before the event, so I started road biking a month before. I had so much fun."

Briefs for June 27

Fourth of July parade entry forms are available for any person or group interested in entering a float in this year's parade. The theme of the parade is "Honoring our Hometown Heritage." For a parade entry form, stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitors Center or visit www.steamboatchamber.com. Call Evan at 879-0882, ext. 208.

The Record for June 27

12:04 a.m. Police received a report of a driver who drove onto a median on U.S. Highway 40. Police located the vehicle, and the 24-year-old driver from Craig was arrested for driving under the influence.

Gunshots lead to two arrests

Two men were arrested in Hayden on Sunday after police said one of the men fired nine gunshots into the air by a downtown convenience store.

Local wins off-road triathlon

Buffalo Creek race part of USAT

Maybe it was the remote site or the fact that Penn Lukens got to bring out his mountain bike, but the 11-year-old enjoyed his first off-road triathlon.

Man recovering after accident

A Steamboat Springs man whose pickup was struck by a train Friday as he tried to traverse a railroad crossing in his pickup is doing well, a family friend said Tuesday.

Park improvements may be on hold

$200,000 grant falls through, jeopardizing $800,000 phase

Hayden officials received some discouraging news last week. The town was not awarded a $200,000 grant to help fund major improvements to Dry Creek Park.

In search of the perfect steak - Northwest Colorado climate demands durable grill surfaces

Kevin Ellis is convinced that Kenmore has come up with a new way to cook the perfect beefsteak -- the kind that's seared on the outside to seal the juices inside.

Save green by building green - Efficient homes can lower energy bills, improve health

Mark Steur almost died of kidney cancer in 1994. When his doctor told him the cancer's cause was environmental, he thought of his career in construction.

It's The Simple Things

These five simple tips can make your home-improvement process easier.

Fireplace options vary - City regulations limit types that can be used

Selecting a fireplace is all about personal choice.

Fences offer function and decoration

Variety isn't a word that usually comes to mind when you're talking about fences.

Keeping color in your garden all season long - Gardening with Deb Babcock

The intense sun of our mountains seems to fade the color in our gardens as summer moves toward fall. With just a little planning, however, local gardeners can enjoy vibrant late summer/autumn color right up through first frost.

Energy efficiency makes money sense

It is possible for a homeowner to be energy efficient, save money and be conscientious of the environment at the same time by taking a few small steps to be energy smart.

Oh, deer. Managing conflicts with unwanted garden visitors

Most gardeners love to have visitors browse through their garden.

Countertops options vary according to taste

Today's countertop options include several materials as well as thousands of styles and colors.

Concrete

Concrete is a composite building material made from the combination of aggregate and cement binder.

Composting is a form of recycling that yields blossoms

Gardeners in Routt County face adversity in the form of climate. A short growing season with cold nights common and July frosts that are not unheard of are factors beyond the control of gardeners.

Flooring makes a statement in home

Hardwood floors are popular in the kitchen and dining areas, but carpeting remains the consensus pick for the bedroom.

Deb Babcock: Luring butterflies to your garden

In order to enjoy a garden filled with colorful, graceful butterflies, you must be willing to put up with caterpillars, too. If that works for you, here are some ways to lure these lovely insects to your landscape.

Swap your old vanity for distinctive furniture

The quickest way to elevate the look of a master bath is to stop thinking of the vanity as a built-in cabinet that does little more than support drawers and a pair of porcelain sinks.

Remodel basement home theater

Full basements are increasingly rare in new Steamboat homes --the increasing cost of concrete is part of the trend. But for those who have them, they make strong candidates for home theaters.

Aspens: a Steamboat favorite

Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) is probably the tree most coveted by homeowners in the Steamboat area. Aspens are fast-growing but relatively short-lived (20 years) trees attaining heights up to 50 feet.

Find your fishing hole

Guide serves dual purpose: Helping anglers, young entreprenuer

Molly Parsons, president of Streamside Publications LLC, has to keep a close watch on her staff -- they don't leave the office to go fishing as often as she would like.

City to revisit center debate

Council to revote on Stock Bridge site

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight may renege on its earlier decision to build a community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center area.

Flight rescue crew remembered with memorial

Enthusiasm, passion, selflessness, commitment and camaraderie were just some of the words used to describe the lives of Tim Benway, Dave Linner and Jenny Wells.

Sailors cruise to championship

Before last weekend, Steam�--boat Springs had never produced a youth baseball team that won a Triple Crown tournament title. Maybe that's because the 12 members of the Steamboat Sailors 9-and-under team had never played together in a Triple Crown event.

Fire restrictions considered

Conditions call for bans on certain fires, officials say

Campers be warned: Routt County officials may approve a ban on open fires.

Rainbow Family crowd reaches 4,000

U.S. Forest Service officials say door for permit 'may have closed'

The Rainbow Family of Living Light may no longer be able to get a special-use permit for its gathering on Routt National Forest land in North Routt County.

Sunday, June 25

Monday Medical: The importance of core strength

Would you like to improve your latest 5K run time without doing an extra session of track workout? Do you want to cruise up Emerald on your mountain bike with power in your pedals? If so, consider core training.

Rainbow Family settles in

Campers set up medical tents and communal kitchens

The farther in you go, the nicer it gets. At the annual gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, taking place this year near Big Red Park, 35 miles north of Steamboat, there is a lot more going on than the occasional road block and disputes with U.S. Forest Service officials.

Rainbow technicians cover fire and water logistics

U.S. Forest Service officials don't believe that a "non-organization of non-members" has the professional capacity to handle natural disasters and care for starving masses, as the group members claim.

Saturday, June 24

Raging river

Cross Mountain Canyon trip a true adventure for rafters

In Western Moffat County, the Yampa River unexpectedly cuts through Northwest Colorado's version of the Grand Canyon -- a dramatic setting few people would think exists in the midst of such a desolate stretch of land.

The Record for June 25

7 a.m. A 66-year-old Steamboat Springs man was flown to a Fort Collins hospital after a train reportedly hit his 1996 Chevrolet pickup at a railroad crossing near U.S. Highway 40 and Saddle Mountain Ranch west of Steamboat Springs. Colorado State Patrol troopers said the man was inching his pickup onto the tracks to look for the oncoming train when the train struck the vehicle's left side and pushed it down an embankment, causing the truck to roll. The man sustained injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder. The man was in serious but stable condition Saturday morning, police said.

Gilbert L. "Gil" Hitchens, 1917-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Gilbert L. "Gil" Hitchens died June 12, 2006. He was 89.

Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards, 1938-2006

Longtime Yampa resident Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards died June 13, 2006, at his home on Terhune Avenue in Yampa. He was 68.

Dr. T. Doug Leonardson, 1970-2006

Longmont resident Dr. T. Doug Leonardson, DDS, died June 12, 2006, from injuries sustained in a single-engine plane crash near Kansas City, Mo. He was 35. He had a business and many clients in Steamboat Springs

Mario Cruz Vigil, 1946-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs and Craig resident Mario Cruz Vigil died March 26, 2006, in Colorado. He was 60.

Officials consider alternative sites

U.S. Forest Service officials say because of high fire danger there may be no suitable site in the 1.2-million acre Routt National Forest for the Rainbow Family of Living Light's annual gathering.

Tasting summer in South Routt

Oak Creek's Decker Park was full of smiling faces, wet children and the sweet smells of a summer barbecue.

Pickup struck by train

A 66-year-old Steamboat Springs man was in serious but stable condition Saturday after the pickup he was driving was struck by a train at a railroad crossing Friday morning.

Bar owners still fuming

Businesses assess local smoking ban on eve of state law

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Steamboat Springs' controversial municipal smoking ban, but local businesses that once catered to the smoker's dollar have no reason to celebrate.

Garden honors crash victims

Memorial to celebrate YVMC employees' lives

A year and a half after their deaths on a snow-swept Wyoming field, Tim Benway, Jennifer Wells and Dave Linner will be memorialized by a sculpture and flower garden at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Skating for Christ

Couple combines skateboarding with life lessons

Tara Chavarria's toes are painted metallic blue. Her short blonde bob is tipped an electrifying pink. She has five tattoos, dresses mostly in black and is looking to revolutionize how Steamboat Springs youths view their relationship with God.

Sound off: June 25

Note to Forest Service law enforcement officials: If you really feel that strongly about the Rainbow gatherers having a "free" permit prior to their official permit dates, then maybe you could escort old Grampa Rainbow himself back to your offices to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Tom Cody: Double standards

Held hostage by the Rainbow gang. Why the double standard?

James Mill: Destroying land

I'm sure you have heard all sorts of opinions regarding the Rainbow Gathering, but I thought I'd offer mine from Vail in defense of the Forest Service, who deserve all the respect in the world.

Karen Jo Dooley: Nothing to fear

It saddens me greatly to see the people of this valley that I love so much being so hateful to and paranoid of the Rainbow Family.

Coaches host volleyball camp

Free five-day program for middle-schoolers includes fundamentals training

Cold front

Ice arena gets new surface

The Howelsen Ice Arena has undergone a face-lift. Well, it's more like an ice lift.

Jody Akers: Drain on society

We were shocked to read in Scott Stanford's story on June 19 ("Clark Store tries to get ready") that the preferred method of payment used by participants in the Rainbow Gathering is Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, "which allow the transfer of government benefits such as food stamps to pay for items."

Flying high

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team trains on water ramps

Through a gate, down a dirt path and behind a pile of gravel and grass, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team was training.

Harvie Branscomb: Participate in event

Public land near Steamboat Springs is the location of this year's annual gathering of the Rainbow Family from July 1-7 (www.welcomehome.org). This a very long-lived annual event that moves around. I have been to the gathering twice and have never forgotten the wonderful experience in living by simple mutual cooperation.

Kathy Darden: Meet the Rainbows

Holy cow, I don't know where to start.

Elizabeth Flaharty: Show tolerance

The ongoing stories about the Rainbow Gathering are making me sad.

A risky change

County and city officials are to be congratulated for completing the re-write of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

A church in peril

Oak Creek Methodist group fears doors might close

Ed Hayne doesn't like to think about what will happen to his church if it has to close its doors. Instead, he and a small group of the church's congregation are focused on doing everything they can to ensure that doesn't happen.

Build a trail, make a friend

Volunteers can work with youths to help finish Stagecoach loop

Residents and visitors in Northwest Colorado can hike more than 350 miles of trails in Routt County. On Tuesday, they'll have a chance to improve a few of those miles.

Adam Jacob Singer

Adam Jacob Singer, son of Hillary and Scott Singer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:34 p.m. June 19, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His siblings are Michael, Matthew, David and Danielle.

Larhae Christine Whaley

Larhae Christine Whaley, daughter of Jay Dee Whaley and Shiloh Larynn of Yampa, was born at 12:10 p.m. June 12, 2006. She weighed 5 pounds and 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Jaelyn Rhae. Her grandparents are Doug and Kelly Gates of Yampa, and Charlotte and Lynn Whaley of Phippsburg.

Cheyenne Elizabeth Williams

Cheyenne Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Charley and Lynn Williams of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:26 p.m. June 16, 2006. She weighed 4 pounds and 15 ounces and was 17 inches long. Her grandparents are Barbara Williams of Steamboat Springs, Al Callahan of Steamboat Springs, and John and Mary Ellen Oslick of Aurora.

Christopher Scott Rayburn

Christopher Scott Rayburn, son of Cara and Ryan Rayburn of Craig, was born at 5:16 p.m. June 15, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Angel. His grandparents are Chris and Vicki Rayburn of Craig, John and Kim Pedroncelli of Craig, Ellen Rivers of Craig, and Dale Hettinger of South Range, Wis.

A Dolphin, an Arrow and a Coat Hanger

Two of my favorite constellations of late summer are two of the smallest in the whole sky. They aren't big and showy star patterns with lots of bright stars like Orion or the Big Dipper. Instead, they are small, compact and easy to spot only because of their charming, distinctive shapes. They are Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow.

Hole in one for health care

Ski Town USA Golf Classic

Golfer Jeff Bergstrom's most memorable year at the Ski Town USA Golf Classic was like a scene from the movie "Caddyshack."

Two-fer-one history lesson

Carl home paired with 1898 log barn

The 107-year-old Smith Barn and the 1912 farmhouse from the old McDermott place have seen a lot of Routt County history, but from different vantage points. Now, they can be purchased as a package.

Lodge home offered at auction Tuesday

Auction buyers have a chance Tuesday to acquire a notable mountain home with a 26-foot floor to ceiling wood-burning fireplace, a massive kitchen and a documented place in the history of skiing in Routt County.

Transactions for for May 30 - June 18

COOPER, GEORGE R. TO MERLINA, DAVID L. JR. AND MERLINA, CAROLYN S. FOR PINES AT THE ORE HOUSE PLAZA, BLDG. NO. 1 Unit: 103 -- $247,000

A different perspective

Growing firm brings fresh look to classic ski town architecture

Sometimes, it is necessary to pat yourself on the back.

Friday, June 23

The Record for June 24

1:42 a.m. A woman in the 1900 block of Cornice Drive was concerned about her husband because he had not returned from a trip with a friend. Officers contacted the man and discovered that he had passed out at his friend's house after a night of drinking. Officers woke the man and told him to call his wife.

Officers tackle concerns

Residents worry about Rainbow Family effects on community

Area law enforcement officers on Friday tried to calm residents concerned about the Rainbow Gathering 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Return of the rodeo

For Routt County rodeo fans such as Ren Martyn, Friday night marked the beginning of summer with the opening night of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

Ski area offers summer fun

Daily activities include hiking, biking, dining

Gone are the days when the Steamboat Ski Area was about skiing and skiing only.

Forest service cracks down

Officers and Rainbow defendants square off at federal hearings

Routt County resident Tina Harding had not been pulled over in six years. That is until Thursday afternoon, when she and her 3-year-old daughter were stopped by U.S. Forest Service officers while delivering food donations to Rainbow Family of Living Light gatherers.

Back in business

Museum's new exhibit shows how Steamboat used to shop

Curator Kelly Bastone's favorite piece in the Tread of Pioneers Museum's new exhibit is a Selch Diary container circa 1950.

Rainbow members arrested

Four men jailed on possession, obstruction charges

Four members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of possessing psilocybin mushrooms and obstructing police officers.

Firefighters focus on personal safety

When not responding to emergency calls, Steamboat Springs firefighters have spent the past three days focusing on their own safety and reviewing the department's safety procedures.

Briefs for June 24

An unidentified man was injured Friday when he was hit by a train near U.S. Highway 40 and the Connell gravel pits west of Steamboat Springs. It was unclear whether the man was in a vehicle or on foot at the time of the accident.

Thursday, June 22

Branded teens threatened

Police report on assault of students submitted to court

Teens were threatened and told to keep quiet about a March 11 incident in which juveniles were branded with a heated coat hanger, according to a Hayden police report.

Allison's Picks for June 23

Tonight ¤ Huge in Germany, '80s hair tribute band When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill

Allison Plean: Western hospitality

There's only one thing more exhausting than hiking up the Fish Creek Falls trail the morning after a long night -- hiking up Fish Creek Falls with the house�--guests you've been entertaining all weekend.

The Duke of Gypsy soul

Vasyl Popadiuk brings gypsy world fusion music to the tent

Ukrainian violinist Vasyl Popadiuk starts every morning with two double espressos. But that's only one reason he plays his violin at lightning speed.

Music calendar for June 23

¤ Steve Boynton When: 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Poolside at The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500

Duct tape and domination

Hillstomp brings homemade dreams to Steamboat

John Johnson and Henry Kammerer of the band Hillstomp are not morning people.

A sweet challenge

Local chefs showcase their talent for Advocates benefit

After 20 years of stiff competition, this year's Decadent Dessert fundraiser poses a tough challenge for local chefs hoping to win the People's Choice and Presentation awards.

Town Board talks tough

Oak Creek officials deal with code violations

Oak Creek Town Board members say they want to get serious about enforcing land-use and town codes and about citing residents who don't comply.

A bigger and better Taste

Oak Creek hosts ninth annual event Saturday

Food, fun and live entertainment are on the agenda for Saturday's ninth annual Taste of South Routt in Oak Creek.

Project stalled

Commission tables decision about Wildhorse complex

Wildhorse is not yet ready to run, city officials said Thursday night.

Steamboat wins at Sopris

Brodie, Baden win individual divisions in Glenwood meet

Amy Brodie earned her high points award. The 12-year-old Steamboat Springs Swim Team member competed in the maximum eight events en route to scoring 93 points in Glenwood Springs last weekend.

Franks fares well

Local qualifies for U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship

Former Steamboat Springs High School golfer Jeff Franks will play in the esteemed U.S. Amateur Public Links Champ�--ionship in July.

LeRoy moving up, on

Steamboat native named Alpine coach at DU

Andy LeRoy will celebrate his 31st birthday Saturday in fitting fashion -- coaching what he's calling a "farewell camp" for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine Ability Program in Mammoth, Calif.

One day only

Faculty members create show, perform it in 24-hour period

On Tuesday, the faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp did not know what their program would include for Saturday's "One Night Only" performance.

Busy weekend predicted

Rainbow gathering not likely to hurt lodging numbers

Tourism in Steamboat is expected to rebound sharply this weekend after a somewhat sluggish start to the summer season.

Arts calendar for June 23

¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on its Visual Arts Committee.

4 Rainbow participants arrested on drug, obstruction charges

Four members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of possessing psilocybin mushrooms and obstructing police officers.

Cold fusion

Artist heats up kiln to expose talent

While working on a commissioned piece of stained glass, Robin Clow found a love letter from her client to his wife that was written after the birth of their first child.

Starting a garden from scratch

Preparation and forethought are critical for gardening success.

Drug distribution charge dismissed

Man accepts plea deal, won't serve additional jail time

Drug distribution charges were dismissed Wednesday against a Steamboat Springs man accused of selling cocaine near Soda Creek Elementary School last June.

On Scene for June 23

I went to the modern dance performance that was part of the New Works Festival at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp on Saturday night. Only at Perry-Mansfield do you walk past horse corrals to see world-renowned choreographers and dancers perform.

Wednesday, June 21

Rodeo board of directors involves a big commitment

Michael Sisk has been competing in rodeos since he was in high school and has been competing in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series for 15 years.

Business officials meet to discuss gathering

Area law enforcement officers on Friday tried to calm residents concerned about the Rainbow Gathering 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Learn the lingo

To help understand what modern day rodeos are all about, here are some terms and phrases commonly used during the competition that might help spectators understand the sport a little more

Contractors provide the action

The companies providing bucking bulls and other livestock will rotate this year, renewing the action for both contestants and spectators every couple of weeks.

Cowboy crisis fund offers 'a hand up, not a hand out'

Cowboys have earned a reputation for living life on the edge.

Double the satisfaction

Veterinarians help animals and owners

Doctor volunteer time for rodeo

The only rodeo Dr. Jeanne Fitzsimmons attended as a youngster growing up on Long Island was in Madison Square Garden.

Cowboy legend Pat Mantle

When Pat Mantle worked as a pickup man in the rodeo arena in Steamboat Springs, some rodeo fans were more intent on watching Mantle work than the cowboys riding broncs in the arena.

Rodeo has rich history

Steamboat is known as the cradle of ski competition West of the Mississippi, but cowboys and cowgirls have been trying to best each other in rodeo events here longer than ski jumpers have been gliding off Howelsen Hill.

It's not all clowning around

While clowns may not be the only reason fans flock to the rodeo, they certainly are crucial ingredients in a memorable rodeo experience.

Mystique still surrounds modern cowboys

A piece of the Wild West lives on in Northwest Colorado.

New tricks, acts to entertain you

The 2006 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series features five specialty acts this year -- Blake Goode, Jerry Wayne Olson, Wild Thang, John Harrison and Mexican cowboy Jerry Diaz.

Things you'll see at the rodeo

Following is a guide to the rodeo events that are held during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series

Forest Service denies Rainbow permit application

Today, Forest Supervisor Mary Peterson denied an application from an individual for a permit to allow the Rainbow Family to gather on National Forest Land in North Routt County.

Young guns

Town Challenge popular among Steamboat's children

Isabelle Boniface is on the accelerated cycling program.

Cowboys back in chutes on Friday

During the winter, the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena welcomed NCAA Championship skiers, past and present Olympians and an award-winning band.

A true K-12 conversation

Hayden School Board discusses students young and old

The Hayden School Board discussed the district's youngest students and oldest students at a meeting Wednesday night.

Board to look at utility bills

Much to their surprise, the monthly utility bills of three Oak Creek residents skyrocketed from the typical $150 to nearly $700 in February.

The Record for June 22

11:11 a.m. U.S. Forest Service officers were involved in an incident with a group of about 100 Rainbow Family members on U.S. Forest Service Road 550. Officers said the group members began throwing rocks and sticks at them. The officers eventually left the scene because they didn't want to escalate the situation.

Briefs for June 22

Officers said charges are pending against a 21-year-old woman who was driving a motorcycle that crashed into a car Saturday near Routt County Road 129 south of the Mad Creek trailhead.

Six days, 300 miles for ALS

Group riding in memory of former ski lift operator

On the fourth day, the six bicyclists rested. Riding a bicycle from Vernal, Utah, to Georgetown takes endurance and determination, but it is a trip Cody Smith started planning when he was 6 years old.

Gatherers: Treatment unfair

Members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light say they are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement officers monitoring their campsite in Big Red Park in North Routt County.

Scott Stanford: The place for sports geeks like me

My fascination and interest in newspapers began with the sports page. It wasn't the stories or the photos that attracted me -- it was the scores, standings and statistics. It was the numbers.

Tuesday, June 20

Keeping children safe

Yampatike program focuses on safety in the woods

Families in Steamboat Springs, as well as visitors, have two upcoming opportunities to guard against one of their children becoming lost in the woods.

Tensions run high in forest

Forest Service abandons checkpoint after incident with Rainbow group

The Rainbow Family peace gathering turned hostile Tuesday when a group of attendees began hurling rocks and sticks at law enforcement officers, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

Spliced line interrupts service

Phone and Internet service in parts of Northwest Colorado went out Tuesday evening after a fiber optic cable was reportedly cut.

Bike series carves new trail

Today's race will follow new path

Mountain bikers can pump their pedals today on a trail new to the Town Challenge racing series.

No vacation for Hayden School Board

The Hayden School Board will review several policies and take another look at the planned budget for the 2006-07 school year when its members meet tonight.

Hayden residents have Internet options

Another company has answered the calls of Hayden residents looking for more options for accessing the World Wide Web.

Man sentenced for marijuana offense

A 19-year-old New Jersey man who plead guilty to growing marijuana and stealing ski equiptment was sentenced in Routt County District Court on Tuesday.

Police to conduct DUI checkpoint

The Steamboat Springs Police Department will conduct sobriety checks Friday evening.

Just one of six stores fails compliance check

Jade Summit charged with selling alcohol to 18-year-old

One of six businesses failed a Steamboat Springs police alcohol compliance check Friday night.

Our View: The benefits of all-day kindergarten

We applaud the Hayden School District's decision to add all-day kindergarten. We hope the Steamboat Springs School District can follow suit.

School administrator salaries

The School Board approved 2006-07 salaries for district administrators Monday night. Below is a list of the salaries, including (in parenthesis) the "market mean," or average, salary for the same position in 10 Colorado school districts considered comparable to Steamboat Springs.

Survey: Residents strongly support school district

Positive responses indicate voters could approve tax increases

Results of a recent survey directed by the Steamboat Springs School District could be another step toward placing at least one tax increase proposal on the November ballot.

School administrator salaries below average

Most administrators in the Steamboat Springs School District will earn salaries next year that are below the market average, according to a survey done by an independent research firm.

Monday, June 19

Hayden to start daylong kindergarten

Kindergarten will be an all-day affair in Hayden beginning this fall. The district received word earlier this month that it will receive funding to expand kindergarten classes from half to full days thanks to additional money made available from the state's Colorado Preschool Kindergarten Program.

West of Steamboat Springs plan a go

Group raises affordable-housing requirement to 20 percent

More than a year after Routt County and Steamboat Springs started working on revising the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, it has been adopted. It passed with many minor and a few major changes during the 4 1/2-hour meeting Monday night involving 19 elected and appointed Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials.

Busy summer for local FFA

Competitions, parade pack students' schedules

Even though it's summertime, Soroco High School student Kimberly Rossi is not necessarily on vacation. Kimberly, 15, is one of about 20 students participating in the South Routt chapter of the National FFA Organization, which develops leadership and entrepreneurial skills in high school students through agricultural education. Several FFA events are keeping South Routt students busy this summer. So much so that Kimberly's father wondered Monday when his daughter might get some time to relax.

Board split on two fronts

3-2 vote approves administrator salaries, charter school funds

The Steamboat Springs School Board split votes on two issues Monday night.

News in brief for June 20

Over the Hill Gang planning weekly activities Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang will meet for activities weekly throughout the summer. Activities will include hiking on Mondays, mountain biking and gardening on Tuesdays, mountain biking on paved surfaces on Wednesdays, mountain biking on Thursdays and road biking on Fridays. Meeting times and locations will change each week. For more information, call Frank Dolman at 870-8793 or visit www.yampavalleyinfo.com.

The Record for June 20

Sunday, June 18 2:21 a.m. A man reported a drunken man loitering at a business in the 100 block of Trafalgar Drive. Police contacted the man who was waiting for a ride.

Local artist wins quilt awards

David Taylor was sewing his own Halloween costumes by age 10.

Hayden teen accepts plea

Five days in jail, probation part of deal in branding case

An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to being involved in the branding of several Hayden juveniles with a heated coat hanger.

Concerns in the forest

Officers issue citations to Rainbow Family; fire a threat

Gigi, the self-appointed Rainbow Family of Living Light gatekeeper, could do nothing Monday to stop the convoy of U.S. Forest Service law enforcement sport utility vehicles from rolling down Forest Service Road 505 to enter the Rainbow gathering's main camping area.

Pony Club cleans up at regionals

Local team wins horse management and overall team awards

The Yampa Valley Pony Club cleaned up last weekend at the U.S. Pony Club Rocky Mountain Region Tetrathlon Rally competition in Parker, winning the Regional Overall Team award and the Horse Management Overall Team award. The Pony Club is an international junior equestrian organization that teaches English riding and horse care disciplines.

Sunday, June 18

Public viewing at Elkhead

Tour offers one-time chance to see dam before completion

Moffat and Routt County residents wondering why $30 million is being spent to enlarge the Elkhead Reservoir Dam will have their chance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The Colorado River District plans to host an open house for the public to view the construction work that will raise the dam straddling the Routt and Moffat County border by 25 feet and will almost double the reservoir's water storage.

Clark Store tries to get ready

Rainbow map singles out store as last chance for supplies

Rod Weed was one of the first people Susan Saari called. Weed owns the Likely General Store in Likely, Calif. Saari manages the Clark Store, 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Weed's store was the closest place for supplies for the 1984 and 2004 Rainbow Gatherings. Saari's store will be the closest supply outlet for the 2006 gathering July 1 to 7 in North Routt County.

Hepatitis defense for babies

Yampa Valley Medical Center and hospitals across the country are protecting infants from the potentially fatal Hepatitis B virus. Newborn babies at YVMC now receive the "birth dose" of Hepatitis B vaccine.

School Board to review survey results

The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the results of a recent survey tonight. The survey includes interviews with 303 Steamboat Springs voters, conducted by Hill Research Consultants June 4 through June 6. Along with questions about the performance of local schools, the interviews gauged possible voter response to a $600,000 mill levy override, or property tax increase, which the district could place on local ballots in November.

Tom Ross: The very best 10-mile hike June has to offer

Fathers' Day brings snow-butt sliding at Long Lake near Fish Creek Falls

This was supposed to be the weekend when we went cross-country skiing on Father's Day for only the second time in 10 years. Instead, I settled for June snow-butt sliding at Long Lake on the day before Father's Day. We made some nice turns even though we left our skis at home.

Saturday, June 17

Selling the vacation experience

A $51 roundtrip plane ticket from Los Angeles to Fiji was too good to be true.

It wasn't just the snow

Ski area executives discuss what drove industry rebound

There were a lot of smiling faces at this week's Colorado Ski Country USA annual conference held at the Steamboat Springs Grand Resort Hotel.

Short cut chaos

Winner cuts no corners for third series win

During Saturday's Hot Springs Short Cut Run, local racers who knew the lay of the land seemed to have the upper hand at the start line in downtown Steamboat Springs.

YVEA sees change

Attorney wins in election

It appears many of the Yampa Valley Electric Association's Steamboat Springs members think the future of the electric company will be brighter with new representation.

Horsepower hits downtown

Mustang Roundup packed with classic cars, memories

James Mckenzie wasn't very excited when he took ownership of his first Ford Mustang four years ago. "I'm not a Mustang guy. I acquired it by default. I had an old pickup truck that my son-in-law said he would take if I took his Mustang, so I did," he said.

The end of an era

Larry Oman retires from United Methodist Church after 10 years

It was an Easter Sunday sunrise service at the top of Thunderhead, and the sun came up over Mount Werner, shining light on the faces of churchgoers who were singing an Easter hymn.

Voices of experience: Maintain composure

Officials from past Rainbow gathering sites offer advice

Officials from the counties that hosted the past two Rainbow Gatherings paint a rather messy picture of what's in store for Routt County. Heavy traffic, panhandling, loitering, drugs, assaults, abandoned cars, garbage, emergency room visits by mostly indigent persons and, even, the use of grocery store produce misters for personal hygiene.

Kicking tobacco in the butt

Soroco Middle School student takes on big tobacco to protect young adults

Corey Snyder is taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life: fighting the big tobacco companies who she said prey on teenagers.

The Record for June 18

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Julia Trout (1942-2006)

Longtime Oak Creek resident Julia Trout passed away June 9, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 63.

Our View: Postpone indoor swimming

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association was right to pull the plug on its expansion plans for the Old Town Hot Springs. It didn't make sense to move forward given the negative feedback from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, the City Council and some of the association's members.

Jim Engelken: Council should take its time

Judging by the editorial page of last Sunday's Pilot & Today, the debate over the use of the Stock Bridge Transit Center for a new community center is not over. Nor should it be.

Sarah Burkhart: Be Rainbow aware

I am writing in response to your overly optimistic article dated June 11 about the upcoming Rainbow gathering that will be held in North Routt from July 1 to 7.

Cargo Rodeman: Newspaper errs again

Once again, your paper has fabricated and selectively represented a minute issue in an attempt to exploit and create division in Oak Creek.

Towny Anderson: Doing the right thing

How did we get where we are with the community center? As a new City Council member, this is the question that most intrigues me.

Delays at Sunray mean equity

Entry-level condos gain $90,000 in three years of construction

Audrey Bortz and her husband, Clyde Nelson, signed up to purchase a condominium at Sunray Meadows on May 1, 2003. They expected it would be a good investment.

Loggers Lane fills in

Interest in the vacant commercial spaces fronting U.S. Highway 40 at Loggers Lane suddenly has picked up.

Throw a round

Frisbee golf enthusiasts enjoy rugged mountain courses

When the band members of Chicago's 56 Hope Road hit the highway to spread their funky acoustic sounds across the country, they make an effort to find a disc golf course wherever they go.

Canine cancer survivors

When you know a loved one's life is nearing its end, you tend to make the most of the time that's left.

Business briefs for June 18

Steamboat Village Brokers is proud to announce that Joan Hart has been awarded the prestigious Certified Resi�--dential Specialist Desig�--nation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Stetsons

Montieths

Jimmy Westlake: The Via Lactea

Now that the full moon is out of the sky, the dark summer sky reveals one of its most spectacular treasures -- the soft, misty glow of the Via Lactea, or the Milky Way. Contrary to what the ancient Romans believed, the Milky Way is not made of milk. It is the combined light of billions of distant suns, unresolved by the unaided eye. If you look through a pair of binoculars and sweep slowly across the Milky Way, you will rediscover what Galileo found in 1610 -- a multitude of faint stars. The situation is similar to flying over a sandy beach and seeing the white sand stretch for miles, yet you cannot see the individual sand grains that make up the beach.

Gentlemen of Aspen torment 'Boat rugby

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club has come a long way in its 32 years.

Friday, June 16

County braces for impact

As many as 20,000 Rainbow Family members begin exodus to forest

Jacob, Dusty, Josh and Dana have spent the past two days hitchhiking from Portland, Ore. They hopped into the back of pickup along U.S. Highway 40 Friday evening for the last stretch of their journey. Their destination is a campground just north of Hahn's Peak in North Routt County, where 15,000 to 20,000 people are expected to gather in the coming weeks for this year's Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering.

High and Dry

No-show spring sparks fire danger

A common theme emerges while traveling through Northwest Colorado: vegetation is suffering from weather that has gotten hot, fast.

Locals given ski awards

Steamboat Springs was a fitting setting for the 43rd annual Colorado Ski Country USA meeting and forum. During Thursday's awards ceremony, three Steamboat residents won awards recognizing them as the state's top performers in their respective positions within the ski industry.

Fivesome breezes to victory in Golf Classic

Event raises nearly $40,000

It was a scramble to the finish Wednesday at the 31st annual Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Scholarship Golf Classic.

Chautauqua focuses on land, heritage

John Stansfield has been told by audience members that he reminds them of their grandfathers. In Stansfield's case, it's a compliment.

Take the bite out of West Nile

Officials offer ways to avoid deadly mosquito virus

Health officials are urging Routt County residents to protect themselves against the deadly West Nile virus by being cautious when outside and ridding the area of mosquito breeding grounds.

Brown opening the books

CU president leading reforms at troubled university

For about the past year, University of Colorado President Hank Brown probably has felt like he's been at a bad cocktail party -- he keeps having the same conversations over and over.

Grant writer resigns

Fourth school officials leave in 3 months

The shake-ups continue in the administrative office of the Steamboat Springs School District. Grants writer Sue Gariepy, hired in summer 2005, announced her resignation this week. She is the fourth administrator to leave the district in three months. Technology director Cathleen Nardi and nutritional services director Darcy Trask resigned in March, shortly before director of curriculum and instruction Ann Sims withdrew her name from consideration for contract renewal, effectively resigning from the position.

Thursday, June 15

City awards residents money

Westland mobile-home owners to receive average of $19,400

Westland Mobile Home Park residents breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night after the Steamboat Springs City Council decided to award the group members $550,000 for the loss of their homes.

In the loop

Arthur Lee Land brings his one-man band to town

You have to see it to believe it. Arthur Lee Land is a one-man band, and he can simultaneously produce the sounds of West African percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, guitar synth, talk box and vocals.

Music calendar for June 16-22

Friday ¤ Steve Boynton When: 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Poolside at The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500

Allison's picks for June 16

Buzzcut Sheep Where: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 628 Lincoln Ave. Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you miss seeing this local band, and who knows when they will be able to have another reunion?

On Scene for June 16

If I close my eyes when I listen to classical music, I always picture myself in some fabulous gown in the middle of a great empty ballroom, dancing. When I opened my eyes Sunday night, I was at Harwigs/L'Apogee.

Off off Broadway

Composer and lyricist Joe Patrick Ward has been working on his "Fools for Broadway" musical for 11 years. He already has written 80 songs for it.

The Kings who played for the queen

Listening to books on tape was the only thing that kept Chris Daniels sane while touring Europe in a bus with 10 other guys.

Farmers markets reap harvests

No summer is complete without a farmers market.

Routt County rally

Young local golfer places in Haywhacker tourney

Hank Franks has helped transform the Haymaker Golf Course into a statewide destination for the sport's brightest young talent.

A Rainbow discussion

Officials bracing for impact of group's gathering on Steamboat

Members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light already have arrived in Routt County, and Steamboat Springs officials have begun ramping up for the tens of thousands still to come.

South Routt board fills school vacancies

A new chapter in Soroco athletics began Thursday night, as the South Routt School Board approved the contract of the man who will replace longtime physical education teacher and coach Gary Heide.

Tubing by day

Saddleback Ranch seeks permit for hill with rope tow

Saddleback Ranch owner Wayne Iacovetto said he doesn't have any down time.

Wednesday, June 14

Vandalism concerns business owner

When someone threw a rock through a window of Jace Romick's downtown business in October, he shrugged the vandalism off and called police to report the incident.

Scott Stanford: Newspaper shifts staff

Change is one of the exciting parts of this business

I have worked many jobs in the newspaper business.

Climbing the walls

Artist paints three-dimensional murals in homes

Richard Schultz got all Fs in his high school art class. He never went to art school, and his work experience consisted of management and sales positions and drywall work.

Dig uncovers old fuel tanks

Workers dug up several large, rusty pieces of Steamboat Springs history Wednesday.

Officers find more in search

Routt County law enforcement officers have recovered more items they think are related to a string of thefts in the county.

Season ski pass rates announced

With only a couple of tracks of snow remaining on the top of Mount Werner serving as a reminder of last year's epic ski season, it is already time to budget for next season's pass.

Cyclists go for the gorge

Road bikers raising money for MS

Lee Cox has noticed an influx of road cyclists in Northwest Colorado.

Skier visit numbers rebound

2005-06 season brings more than 1 million vacationers

Riding a wave of 431 inches of snow, the Steamboat Ski Area bounced back over the one million-skier threshold during the 2005-06 ski season.

Team to manage Rainbow group

Most people associate National Incident Management teams with natural disasters such as forest fires, not public prayer circles. But when the prayer circle includes an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 people in the Routt National Forest, the impact on the forest becomes a concern.

Wind challenges youth

Final round of Haywhacker Championship today

It was social hour at the Hole 11 tee box.

Tuesday, June 13

Rec center nixes pool plans

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association's board president announced Tuesday that the association is withdrawing its plans to build an indoor pool.

Our View: Practical affordable housing

A payment-in-lieu option for developers is a smart element to incorporate into the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance for affordable housing.

New subdivision wins county approval

Million-dollar lots would contribute $15,000 to help elk herd

An elk herd with its own trust fund? What's next? The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to approve a subdivision that could create as many as 63 lots worth $1 million or more each. And a local elk herd could realize a windfall as a result.

Growing pains

Young Sailors push through inexperience to win

The Craig and Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball teams are undergoing a youth movement this summer. The growing pains and inconsistencies for both teams were prevalent in the two games they played in the span of seven days.

City to rethink center location

Council questions Stock Bridge site

Last week, the Steamboat Springs City Council reluctantly affirmed its decision to build a new community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center. On Tuesday night, the council second-guessed its site choice, voting 4-3 to revisit the decision later this month.

Police to auction off seized, found property

The evidence room at the Steamboat Springs Police Department is full of bicycles, snowboards and electronics.

Rookie takes second win at speedway

Either H.D. Craig is a good teacher or Nick Craig is a naturally talented driver.

Short Cut race sends runners into bushes

Even race director Bill Philip has been lured into finding the fastest route in the Hot Springs Short Cut Run.

Youths take a 'whack' at Haymaker

Journey features golfers from across the state

Haymaker Golf Course's marquee junior golf event tees off this morning.

Hayden projects in the works

The Hayden landscape is being reshaped by earthmovers on the south side of town, and new buildings are popping up in other areas.

Town backs medicinal pot

Not all Oak Creek residents agree with town resolution

Monday, June 12

Routt GOP blasts Holtzman

Republican party calls on candidate to withdraw

The Routt County Republican party issued a resolution Monday calling on Republican Marc Holtzman to withdraw his candidacy for governor, saying Holtzman "makes a mockery" of the political system and "casts discredit upon the very party he seeks to represent in a primary election."

Shape up this summer

Program to work strength, flexibility and more

Mike McCannon was working out at Howelsen Hill early Monday when a softball team caught his eye.

City to discuss new rec center

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will discuss how to proceed with a city-owned recreation center. Such a center has been discussed for years. Last fall, the city's parks, open space and recreational services department began holding community meetings to discuss the issue.

Running Right is rewarding

Poor running form is attributable to a number of things, but it can be corrected.

Sunday, June 11

Summer Art & Culture Calendar of Events

What's going on in the art world this summer?

New SSAC Affiliate: The Yampa Valley Boys

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is pleased to announce their newest affiliate -- The Yampa Valley Boys

The Steamboat Writers Conference Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Our twenty-fifth annual event will provide a sharp focus within a short time frame. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy experiencing the exciting program in the old train depot's relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Literary Sojourn

Literary Sojourn, Steamboat's celebrated annual festival of readers and authors, is proud to welcome 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks to this year's intimate gathering on October 14.

Monday Medical; Acupuncture could be key

Acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the United States, yet many people are unsure about what acupuncture involves and what to expect from a treatment.

Seminar to focus on shoplifting

Jan Lomas has seen cards, magnets, vases, pottery and leather disappear from her store. Lomas is just one of several downtown business owners who suffered from shoplifting over the winter, said Tracy Barnett of Main Street Steamboat Springs.

Fighting beetles together

Officials say dealing with this should be a community effort

Dealing with mountain pine beetle infestation should be a community effort, officials said Sunday. More than 20 people, mostly homeowners who have beetle infestation on their properties, attended a community meeting Sunday at Steamboat Lake State Park's visitors' center. The meeting focused on what property owners can do to address infestation.

A cut above

Mountain Cuts men win 24-hour team division

Champions traditionally take champagne showers. But this is Steamboat Springs, an active mountain community, so Jon Freckleton's teammates and friends celebrated their Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat victory in remote Colorado fashion -- with a shower of Coors Light.

At the heart of the city

Officials debate downtown's future

Jim Cook remembers Christmas in downtown South Bend, Ind. Lights lined the streets, and the smell of warm donuts permeated the air.

Your Guide to Northwest Colorado's Fine Art Galleries and Museums

A celebration of cultural heritage

The Record for June 12

The Record for June 12, 2006

Tom Ross: Steamboat's favorite trail is nearly 15 years old

When the bright yellow raft stood on end Saturday in the re-circulating wave known as Charlie's Hole, the crowd at the Yampa River Festival cheered in appreciation. But only a relative few recognized the significance of the middle-aged man who stood casually with his left arm wrapped around the bow tube of the crazily tilting raft.

Writer's presentation to feature slideshow

A presentation tonight will give people a chance to learn more about local wilderness areas. Ray Ave, an outdoors writer from Fort Collins, will present a slideshow of photos he took during three summers of hiking in the Mount Zirkel and Rawah wilderness areas.

Police look into possible robbery

Police are investigating an apparent robbery that occurred in Ski Time Square early Saturday morning. A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man was robbed of $90 and suffered minor injuries, but he has no idea what happened, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Young aviators take flight

Scouts go on flights with Steamboat Springs Airport pilots

A group of young aviators took to the skies over Routt County on Sunday with four local pilots. There were six Boy Scouts from Troop 194 who participated in the International Young Eagles Day at the Steamboat Springs Bob Adams airport.

Hayden grad wins 'Teen of the Year'

Alicia Hall, a member of this year's graduating class at Hayden High School, is the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs' Teen of the Year for 2006.

Vocational program expands

Hayden school offers heavy-equipment mechanics class

Hayden High School's vocational education program is expanding. The school has entered into a partnership with Wagner Equipment, a Caterpillar dealership on the west side of Hayden. Wagner will provide the instructor, materials and training tools necessary to teach a heavy equipment and diesel engine mechanics course beginning this fall.

Foundation announces $20,000 in local grants

A charitable foundation has announced grant allocations that will give $20,000 to six organizations, benefiting low-income, special needs and at-risk youth in Routt County.

Call For Artists - 35th Anniversary Poster

In 2007 we will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the formation of the Arts Council.

Kaleidoschope

Creative Fun for Your Kids' This Summer!

7th Annual Steamboat Studio Art & Culture Tour: A Return to South Routt

Since 1998 the Arts Council has provided an annual opportunity to visit the studios and artists in Routt County.

4th Annual Beaux Arts Festival

Join us for ten days of arts and cultural events both downtown and on the mountain.

"Cheap & Cheesy" Wine Party

In connection with the Beaux Arts and Wine Festival, the Board of Directors of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be hosting a fabulous fundraiser, celebrating food, wine, and entertainment.

Steamboat Wine Festival

Celebrate the senses during the third annual Steamboat Wine Festival

Yampa Valley Ceili Society

Your grandma and grandpa remember when contras, barn dances and cotillions were fun activities everybody enjoyed.

Weekly Writers Group

Every Thursday, they sit around the table at Steamboat's old depot.

Perry-Mansfield's New Works Festival

Perry-Mansfield's New Works Festival Brings Stars of the Stage to Steamboat Springs

Saturday, June 10

Transactions for May 30 to June 5

COOPER, GEORGE R. TO MERLINA, DAVID L. JR. AND MERLINA, CAROLYN S. FOR PINES AT THE ORE HOUSE PLAZA, BLDG. NO. 1 Unit: 103 --247,000

Our View: Council backing into a mistake

Forgive the sound of our broken record, but the City Council's site selection for a new community center continues to confound us.

Roping and riding her way to the top

Yampa 12-year-old sees success on junior rodeo circuit

Some little girls collect dolls. Madison George collects belt buckles. At age 12, the Yampa cowgirl has so many belt buckles she can't display them all on her bedroom dresser.

Artificial turf effort continues

School district plan unrelated to city project at Heritage Park

Patches of dirt and candy wrappers dot Gardner Field. Replacement of the natural grass field at Steamboat Springs High School is moving forward as scheduled, so regular maintenance on the school district's primary athletic field has ceased.

Ride around the clock

24 Hours of Steamboat mountain bike race wraps up at noon today

Clark Stewart felt guilty. Waiting at Mount Werner's base after completing two laps during the first hours of the Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat was an unusual treat.

Centennial celebration

Yampa festivities keep history alive

Yampa resident Taelor Kidwell had a hard time believing her town was once a thriving metropolis that supported a bank, hospital and other businesses that have since faded from the town's streets.

A day at the races

Steamboat student heads to soapbox derby nationals

For those who don't think soapbox derby racing can be the edge-of-your-seat, bite-your-nails kind of sport, think again. Saturday's sixth annual Steamboat Springs Rotary Club Soap Box Derby in Oak Creek was intense.

Ranch denies abuse

Chilean immigrants allege mistreatment

Owners of a cattle ranch in Northwest Colorado said immigrant workers' allegations that the ranch violated fair labor practices are not true.

Over the rainbow

Naturalist group gathers for peace

A temporary city -- comprised of tens of thousands of residents who go by one-word names such as Stone and Star -- will be erected next month in Routt National Forest. The Rainbow Family of Living Light has decided to hold its Rainbow Gathering from July 1 to 7 on forestland in Northwest Colorado, most likely in Routt County. An advance group of 150 to 200 people are at the Hinman campground in North Routt County this weekend to determine the best site for what can best be described as the largest gathering of hippies in North America.

Building permits for May 29 to June 2

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS WALTER & CHRISTINA MAGILL 1769 BROME DRIVE OWNER/CONTRACTOR ALTERATION $4,875

Who's laughing now?

'Monopoly houses' struggled in '80s; homes crest $400,000 in 2006

More than 20 years have passed since a Grand Junction savings and loan pulled the tidy Steamboat Point neighborhood out of the weeds -- literally.

Cutting close

Longtime barbershop owners plan to shut down store in the fall

Routt County is in danger of losing a piece of Americana.

Residents get Off the Couch

Paintball facility owner says business fills recreational void

Don't be alarmed if you hear calls for a medic coming from a warehouse in Copper Ridge Business Park. The shouts most likely will be from groups of paintball players enjoying a game at the new indoor Off the Couch Paintball facility.

Business briefs for June 11

Sherrod joins national land trust group Former Routt County rancher Lynne Sherrod has resigned her position as director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust.

County: Elk range must be protected

Alpine Mountain Ranch seeks final OK

Future residents of the luxury Alpine Mountain Ranch subdivision almost certainly will have elk -- and lots of them --or neighbors.

Friday, June 9

Rugby season opens in Vail

Steamboat Rugby Club captain Michael Hurley chooses his words carefully.

Trip to Brazil provides perspective

Summer Laws and Riley Polumbus spent a month 6,000 miles from home, but the two Steamboat Springs residents say they didn't feel like tourists during their stay in Brazil.

School shows off new wheels

The Hayden Booster Club has some new wheels to show off.

Housing Authority to start courses

For anyone planning on purchasing a home, an upcoming course could clear up some confusion that often is part of the home-buying process.

Ski area founder named to state Ski Hall of Fame

Steamboat Springs ski pioneer Jim Temple, the primary founder of the Steamboat Ski Area, has been named to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.

Tipton heading to town

Republican candidate to host barbecue fundraiser

Scott Tipton is happy to be flying solo.

Weekend tourism down

Tourism is expected to be off noticeably Saturday night compared to the same time in June 2005. However, it's still ahead of the corresponding weekend in June 2003 and 2004.

Miracle worker

Store owner raises money for children's charity

Children are supposed to smile, laugh and play. They aren't supposed to spend days, weeks or months in hospitals.

Thursday, June 8

Briefs for June 9

The Operation Lifesaver Train and Safety booth will depart from the Depot Art Center at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today. The 1 1/2 hour train rides will allow passengers to see what an engineer sees from the cab of a locomotive. Train officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Harbor Hotel plan gets nod

Council to review Howelsen Place proposal next

A project that would include the demolition of the Harbor Hotel was approved by a majority of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission members on Thursday.

Retiring staff: Schools have changed

Today is the last day of school for students in Steamboat Springs -- until fall. But for 11 long-term employees of the Steamboat Springs School District, today is truly the last day.

Arts calendar for June 9

Opportunities ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on its Visual Arts Committee. The group is an advisory committee composed of artists, educators and business members who have a passion for visual arts. They help plan and execute gallery exhibits and visual arts programs for the arts council. We would like to build a multi-generational committee to best represent the needs of our community. For more information or for an application, e-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com or call 879-9008, ext.106.

Spouting off

Clay artists interpret theme in varying ways

Bill Sanders understands that making teapots may not be considered a manly thing to do. But when he heard that the theme for the upcoming Steamboat Clay Artisans' show was "Spouting Off!" he let it stretch his imagination.

Music calendar for June 9

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Poolside at Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500

Spread the love

The Melodians are one of the originals of reggae

When Tony Brevett, lead singer of The Melodians, was 13, he rode on the handlebars of Bob Marley's bicycle.

Allison's picks for June 9

Tonight ¤ Spouting Off! art show and meet the artists reception When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Studio Gallery 27 in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Why you should go: To see all the imaginative ways clay artists interpreted the "Spouting Off!" theme. And you get to meet them.

The grass isn't always green

Strings showcases three up-and-coming bluegrass bands

Scott Kessel, the drummer for the band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, is a Dumpster diver.

Allison Plean: Catch and release

The first and only time I went deep-sea fishing, I caught a huge ocean tally. Sadly watching the life slowly escape him as he flopped around on the deck trumped any feeling of victory I had while reeling him in.

Overcoming Alzheimer's

YVMC provides support for people with memory loss

Dealing with a disease that involves the mind can be scary and isolating. One of the most helpful coping mechanisms for Barb Ross, whose father has Alzheimer's disease, has been reaching out to others who are in similar situations.

A devoted friend of education

Dawes honored for service to schools

Education in Steamboat Springs rarely, if ever, had a friend like Margaret "Poogie" Dawes.

Program features electronics recycling

Dusty old computers, outdated VCRs and unwanted stereos soon can find new life.

Swimmers start with success

Lichtenfels, O'Connell siblings take high-point honors

Swimming has changed for Emma Lichtenfels.

Airport vision unveiled

Developers have big plans for the Steamboat Springs Airport and 168 acres of privately owned land adjacent to it.

Hayden man dies in auto accident

A 39-year-old Hayden man died Wednesday night when he was thrown from the vehicle he was driving after losing control of it on a dirt road.

Pro-Am to bring top golfers to Haymaker

The region's top professionals and best amateurs will join forces Monday for the First National Bank of Steamboat Springs Pro-Am golf tournament.

A long road ahead

Young U.S. Nordic team's first jump training at Howelsen

For Steamboat Springs native Davis Miller, it felt good to get the first ski jumps of the training season under his belt.

The Record for June 9

12:03 a.m. Two mini-motorcycle riders were given a verbal warning for riding their bikes near Ninth and Oak streets.

Marijuana resolution meets resistance

Oak Creek Town Board's support of drug for medicinal purposes stirring controversy

Maybe Oak Creek residents aren't as supportive of medicinal marijuana as the Oak Creek Town Board is.

Electric association updates its members

Lawrence Covillo, president and general manager of the Yampa Valley Electric Association, said the company's annual meeting is the best way for members to get an update on what the company is doing.

New bucks in store for Hayden

Money aims to spur interest and spending in local businesses

Hayden officials plan to introduce a new form of currency in hopes of encouraging residents to spend money in town.

What to do if a big chill is predicted

It happens every year. The weather turns warm in May, and the garden centers entice us with newly arrived plants, which we immediately place in the garden. Then, the nights turn cold, and we experience a frost.

Wednesday, June 7

Oak Creek ponders marijuana proposal

Town considers another resolution to support amendment limiting federal scope

It's no secret that town of Oak Creek officials support medicinal marijuana.

Council sets city manager's contract

Alan Lanning, Steamboat Springs' new city manager, will make $120,000 a year in addition to benefits, according to a contract approved Tuesday.

Harbor Hotel up for review

The Harbor Hotel redevelopment project tonight will make what is expected to be its final appearance before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission. However, the City Council must give final approval for the downtown project before construction can begin.

Adult tourney brings USTA tennis action to Steamboat

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will serve up a more experienced brand of tennis this weekend during the United States Tennis Association's Inter�--mountain Senior Sectional.

Al-Zarqawi dead

Most-wanted terrorist in Iraq killed in pinpoint airstrike

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safehouse, officials said Thursday. His death was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.

Scott Stanford: Ready for a busy summer

School's out for summer, and so is our Sunday education page.

Chamber hosts golf fundraiser to benefit youths

Eighty-seven golfers turned out Wednesday for a tournament designed to assist the next generation of community business leaders.

Board debates home funding

Members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's board of directors remain unsure about whether to ask voters to provide a dedicated source of funding for affordable housing in the region.

Triumph on the Thunderhead

Mountain bikers climb gondola trail during Town Challenge racing series

Essam Welch joked that he was tired of chasing Barkley Robinson on mountain bike trails.

Holmquist to speak about addiction

Free presentation explains, explores alcoholism, drug abuse

From the depths of a dangerous drug or alcohol addiction, Fred Holmquist sees hope.

Tuesday, June 6

It's official: Lift being replaced

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. unveils plans for Sunshine

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executives made it official Tuesday night -- the old Sunshine triple chairlift is being replaced with a high-speed quad this summer.

Boys questioned about homemade firecracker

Steamboat Springs police took two Steamboat Springs High School freshmen into custody Friday after a school administrator saw the boys detonate a homemade firecracker near the school.

Visiting nurse group receives $100,000

Bolers' largest private donation will be used to fund community center in Hayden

The Visiting Nurse Association has received a $100,00 gift, its largest private donation ever.

Yampa centennial concludes

End of town's birthday party includes tours, train rides, art show

When Yampa officials began planning the town's centennial a year ago, they knew they'd need more than a big cake.

Weekend river festival to raise awareness

Friends of the Yampa present events for everyone during celebration's 26th year

For 25 years, Routt County residents have rallied around the lifeblood of the Yampa Valley, taking a weekend to recognize the vital resource that is the Yampa River. This year will be no different.

Bayer joins sports club Nordic staff

Former Olympian 'excited' to head team

Martin Bayer has been hired to replace longtime coach Chris Gilbertson as the head of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's ability-level programs for Nordic combined and ski jumping.

Local girls take gold

Four swimmers win at state Special Olympics

Jaimee Sexton still was proudly wearing her three Olympic medals Monday. The thrill of victory had not ended for the gold-medal winner of the 50-meter freestyle swimming event at last weekend's Special Olympics Colorado 2006 Summer Games.

Triple Crown contract up for renewal

The summer sports organization Triple Crown is one step closer to seeing another year in Steamboat Springs.

Stock Bridge site settled

Council affirms decision to build community center at transit area

By vote, the Steamboat Springs City Council stands by the Stock Bridge Transit Center area for the new community center site.

Kevin Bennett: Council planning poorly for future

The Steamboat Springs City Council has made the worst planning decision in the history of Steamboat Springs. The City Council has voted to replace a critical transit center with a community center.

Our View: A lesson in bargaining

It was a relief last week when Steamboat Springs School District teachers and support staff overwhelmingly approved a salary and benefits package for the 2006-07 school year. The package was made official Monday night by a unanimous vote of the School Board.

Youths have prize-winning eyes

Routt County youths seem to have quite the eye for cattle, swine and beef.

School lawsuit almost settled

Board OKs draft agreement with no payments, punitive measures

A lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School District, filed in September by a local teacher's union, is close to resolution.

Monday, June 5

Decision time

City could make community center location official

The future site of a new Steamboat Springs community center could be made official tonight.

Vandals damage jumps

Todd Wilson was thrilled to see young ski jumpers take flight off the plastic-covered slope of the new K-68 jump at Howelsen Hill last weekend. But he isn't as excited about some things that have happened at the jumps after the sun sets.

Two Tiger teammates head off to college

Bruchez, Letlow join opposing

It was hard for them to imagine playing against one another; after all, they've been teammates since they were young boys. But Bruchez, who will play football at Colorado School of Mines in the fall, and Letlow, who is headed off to play football at Mesa State College, will be opponents in future years.

All-out ascent

Thunderhead Hill Climb next race in Town Challenge

As director of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge series and one of the organizers for the upcoming Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat mountain bike race, Gretchen Sehler carefully watches the course conditions on Mount Werner.

School Board member issues apology

Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis issued a public apology Monday night saying it was wrong of him to publicly criticize the district superintendent during a meeting last month.

News in brief for June 6

Author study to discuss 'A Prayer for the Dying' Bud Werner Memorial Library's Literary Sojourn Author Study will meet June 20 to discuss Stewart O'Nan's "A Prayer for the Dying."

The Record for June 6

Sunday, June 4 12:43 a.m. Police responded to the 3800 block of Whistler Road, where there reportedly was a large group of juveniles being loud. The juveniles were warned and advised.

In the weeds

Green foliage means county weed-control time

Some Routt County residents can be hostile to the non-natives who move in to the area for good, especially ones from Canada.

Housing dreams come true in Hayden

Eight families complete project

After spending more than a year building his home on the south side of Hayden, Nick Planansky signed the final paperwork May 26. It was pretty obvious what to do next.

Triple Crown up for review

Regardless of whether a Northwest Colorado regional sports complex is built, Triple Crown Sports could continue to have a presence in Steamboat Springs through summer 2008.

Sunday, June 4

Over $42K awarded to community

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation had a difficult time this year deciding how to allocate the $42,640 it had available to the $93,964 in grant requests.

Huie notches second series win at 10K

Sunday's 10-kilometer race portion of the Steamboat Marathon was a family affair for many of the 350 participants.

Growing pains

'Hot and hilly' marathon tires Saitta in his sixth win

Things have changed quite a bit for Jason Saitta since his days at Thornton High School when he didn't make the varsity cross country squad.

In a field of 900

Hola and Carlson top half marathon

Kelly Carlson felt a little anxious before Sunday's 13-mile half marathon race.

Tom Ross: Rogue grouse and wild turkey gang up on cyclists

It isn't enough that we have callow mountain lions trying to munch on terriers and boorish bears ripping the interiors out of pickups in Routt County. Now we have a substantiated report of a blue grouse and a wild turkey working as a team in an apparent attempt to steal mountain bikes from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes.

Finders, keepers -- for a buck

Strawberry Park lost-and-found items go on sale Friday

The students at Strawberry Park Elementary School have been warned. If they do not claim their lost belongings by the end of this week, everything in the lost in found will go on sale for $1 on Friday.

Saturday, June 3

The spirit of Carl Howelsen

If Carl Howelsen were alive today, I know exactly where he would be.

Weekly planner

Weekly planner

Traffic delays anticipated for marathon

Most runners should finish the Steamboat Marathon before noon today, but residents and visitors are urged to show caution when driving through Steamboat Springs or toward North Routt County.

Lowell Whiteman grads step into the sunlight

Elizabeth Findell said she thought Saturday's Lowell Whiteman School graduation ceremony was more like a mirage than reality.

Open house details project

Burgess Creek site up for public review

Residents will get an initial look Tuesday at the first proposed steps in a major development project at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Triple Crown rolls into town

All eyes toward Hayden as tournaments' future, facilities face uncertainty

Beginning Monday, 120 girls softball teams from across the country will arrive in Northwest Colorado to kick off this summer's series of Triple Crown Sports baseball and softball tournaments.

Seniors sail away

Class of 2006 ready for the 'ride of life'

As the Class of 2006's 141 students --rom Joel Ackerman to Hana Zittel -- were called to the stage to receive their diplomas, the message of collective accomplishment resonated most with senior Justin Lucas, a severe-needs student in the school's special education program who inspired the crowd's loudest cheers.

Get a taste of South Routt

The ninth annual Taste of South Routt returns June 25 to Oak Creek's Decker Park. The festive summer tradition will bring back some of the best food in the county, craft and merchant booths, live music and fun and games for the whole family.

All day, all night

Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat nears

The warning is in the middle of the page and printed in bold letters. "This event is not recommended for entry-level racers."

Graduates: The future is yours

During the past three weeks, 222 Routt County high school seniors graduated. They deserve to be congratulated.

Steve Lewis: A loose cannon

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has become a loose cannon.

Charlene Stees: Cyclists a problem

Cyclists a problem

Antonio R. Marxuach: Need real solution

There is no way to accurately reflect the viewpoints of Steamboat residents regarding the question "Where should a new indoor pool be built?" unless you include the option of "neither."

Our View: The future is yours

During the past three weeks, 222 Routt County high school seniors have graduated. They deserve to be congratulated.

Friday, June 2

Pleasing a virtual market

Speaker urges travel industry changes

Step down from your milk crate and put the megaphone in the attic.

Home sweet home

Chocolate Soup settles into Grand location

Lisa Ciraldo-Freese and her husband, Michael Freese, think the ingredients they bring to Chocolate Soup will provide a recipe for success.

Resort Environmental Fund increases

Ski Corp. will award more than $30,000 in grants this year

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s mission statement asserts their commitment to enhancing the environment. Now in its third year, the company's Environmental Fund continues to work to accomplish that goal.

Wind powers Centennial Hall

$5,000 in 'green tag' renewable energy certificates purchased

The city of Steamboat Springs recently purchased renewable energy certificates from wind farms.

Arson suspected in U-Haul fire

Couple's belongings destroyed in blaze shortly before moving

An early-morning fire Thursday destroyed a U-Haul moving van and the belongings of a Routt County family.

Police officers resign from department

Two Steamboat Springs police officers have resigned from their positions with the department.

Summertime slopes

Steamboat's plastic-covered ski jump opens for season

The green plastic is a little slicker -- and a little more painful -- than snow, but Brett Denney doesn't care.

Bald eagle population soaring

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials spent the past two days tagging baby bald eagles in some of Routt County's eight known active nests. It's a bigger job than it was 26 years ago. When District Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins came to the area in 1980, there was only one active nest. In the late 1970s, when the bald eagle was added to the endangered species list, there was only one known active nest in all of Colorado.

Lacrosse local now competing in NCAA

As if the booming local popularity of lacrosse was not evident enough during last weekend's 33-team youth tournament and the growing Steamboat Springs High School and men's adult league teams, Steamboat lacrosse players are now popping up on the NCAA grid.

Girl Scouts receive prestigious award

Teens honored for community interest

Sarah Bockelman and Katie Matteo aren't your typical Girl Scouts. The graduating Steamboat Springs High School seniors are the first two Steamboat Girl Scouts to earn the Gold Award in at least two decades. The Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council serves approximately 2,200 girls in 13 counties, and it awarded only four Gold Awards this year. The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. It took Bockelman and Matteo three years to complete the requirements for the award. The work included recruiting an adult adviser, spending 30 hours in a leadership role, spending 40 hours doing career exploration, earning five interest project badges and spending 50 hours on a project that benefits the community.

Hayden expands south

About 2,000 homes could be built in town during coming years

It took seven years for developer Ron Sills and his partners to break ground, and it may be 12 to 20 years before more than 2,000 homes could be built on their 900 acres of land on the south side of Hayden.

Thursday, June 1

Teachers hired for alternative school

Two teachers have been hired for Yampa Valley High School, a new alternative school scheduled to open in Steamboat Springs in September.

City kicks off alternative transportation program

Employees asked to ride bicycles or walk to work

Starting this month, the city of Steamboat Springs is encouraging employees to skip driving to work alone and to find another form of transportation.

Youths can take a summer vacation at the library

There may not be a new Harry Potter book this summer, but it will still be easy for youths to find magic at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Snowmobiles on snow, please

Forest Service warns not to ride on less than 12 inches of snow

U.S. Forest Service officials have a message for snowmobilers who operate their machines on less than 12 inches of snow: Not only can it cause serious environmental damage, it is illegal and can warrant stiff fines and jail sentences.

Arts calendar for June 2-8

¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on their Visual Arts Committee. The VAC is an advisory committee composed of artists, educators and business members who have a passion for visual arts. They help plan and execute gallery exhibits and visual arts programs for SSAC. We would like to build a multi-generational committee to best represent the needs of our community. For more information or to get an application, email beth@steamboatspringsarts.com or call 879-9008 x106.

Take a walk through time

Tour celebrates Yampa's centennial

Rita Herald's family has lived in the Yampa Valley for more than 100 years. "They came here in the 1800s," Herald said this week. "And when I was a kid, I got interested in hearing their stories."

On Scene for June 2

The trail to Fish Creek Falls, typically lined with hikers and waterfall watchers, was taken over by kayakers, kayak enthusiasts and intrigued locals and tourists Monday.

Members only

SSAC exhibit features more than 80 local artists

Sharon Pace started a 38-by-38-inch oil painting a couple years ago and set it aside because she wasn't satisfied with it.

Metal's other face

No Face lead singer has a soft side

When No Face lead singer Guy Delhierro emerged from the dark recording studio after finishing his band's first CD, onlookers saw tears in his eyes. It's not an emotion many would expect from a heavy metal musician.

Music calendar for June 2-8

Friday ¤ Organstein, jazz trio When: 7 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399

A grand opening

Strings in the Mountains celebrates start of summer festival

Susanna Lockhart has traveled to Denver each of the past three weekends to practice with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Escape from paradise

The world looks different from behind a new pair of BluBlocker sunglasses (from Walgreens in Las Vegas). And in a city where image is everything, we came to represent.

Allison's picks for June 2

Friday ¤ Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Artist Member Exhibit opening reception When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you will get to see beautiful artwork from more than 80 local artists -- and 20 of them are bringing food to the reception.

Marathon motivation

Local runner finds inspiration to keep her going

Maggie McElhinney found her marathon training diversion.

Summer ski jump to open

Teams from Park City, Utah, Olympic ski jumpers and some of Steamboat Springs' most promising athletes will be at Howelsen Hill this weekend for the opening of the plastic jump.

Swing into Sheraton

Golf course offers group, private lessons

Golf instructor Troy Weller insists he doesn't teach golf -- he teaches people.

The sage advice of a gardener

If you need advice about growing sage or any other garden plant, call a Routt County master gardener.

Three days living the dream

Two city slickers learn how to cattle ranch for reality TV

Farah Rose and Don Mears took a stab at their dream profession without having to quit their day jobs.

Yampa men on recovery road

A barbecue benefiting the two Yampa men who were injured during a gas explosion in May is set for June 15.

Noxious weed packs a painful punch

A family trip turned into a medical emergency for Jill Altman and her daughter, Belle Mazzola.